LAHRC is committed to keep our members informed about the recent outbreak of the corona-virus (COVID-19). It is more important than ever to stay connected with our people in our community. This is an incredibly difficult time for everyone in the world. We hope that you’re staying safe and sound.
Support is available for LGBTIQ Victorians facing hardship.
Below find links to information related to resources and links to services
LAHRC se compromete a mantener informados a nuestros miembros sobre el reciente brote del coronavirus (COVID-19). Es más importante que nunca estar conectado con nuestra gente en nuestra comunidad. Este es un momento increíblemente difícil para todos en el mundo. Esperamos que todos este bien.
El apoyo está disponible para las personas LGBTIQ residentes en Victoria que enfrentan dificultades. A continuación, encontrará enlaces a información relacionada con recursos y enlaces a servicios.
O LAHRC está empenhado em manter nossos membros informados sobre o recente surto de coronavírus (COVID-19). É mais importante do que nunca estar conectado com nosso pessoal em nossa comunidade. Este é um momento extremamente difícil para todos no mundo. Esperamos que todos estejam bem.
O suporte está disponível para LGBTIQ vitorianos que enfrentam dificuldades.
Abaixo, você encontra links para informações relacionadas a recursos e links para serviços.
Covid Vaccine – Vacuna contra el Covid
Australia safe and effective COVID-19 vaccine
The Australian COVID-19 vaccination program will work in phases. It will begin with priority groups including:
- aged care and disability care residents and workers
- frontline healthcare workers
- quarantine and border workers.
This priority group is also known as “Phase 1a”. The following priority group for vaccination is “Phase 1b” including:
- Elderly adults aged 80 years and over
- Elderly adults aged 70-79 years
- Other health care workers
- Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander adults
- Critical and high risk workers including defence, police, fire, emergency services and meat processing
- Adults with a disability who have a specified underlying medical condition
- Adults with a specified medical condition
For adults with a medical condition, people will need to provide proof of these conditions to demonstrate their eligibility for vaccination. This can include:
- A Phase 1b declaration form
- NOTE: Using this form is preferable to other forms of evidence because the form does not require someone to disclose the condition that puts them into the eligibility category.
- A referral from a treating GP or specialist
- A My Health Record
- Your regular GP clinic’s records
- Other medical records including medical history printouts, a chronic disease care plan, a hospital discharge summary or a valid script for medication prescribed for one of the relevant conditions.
Adults living with HIV will be eligible to receive a COVID-19 vaccine during “Phase 1b”.
Following Phase 1, Phase 2a priority groups will include:
- Adults aged 60-69 years
- Adults aged 50-59 years
- Continue vaccinating Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander adults
- Other critical and high risk workers
Phase 2b will include the remainder of the adult population in Australia.
Children (people under the age of 16) will only be vaccinated if recommended by health officials in what will be Phase 3.
Support for LGBTIQ Victorians
We understand that many people across Victoria have lost work or have had their hours reduced due to the economic impact of the coronavirus (COVID-19).
The Victorian Government is providing financial support to individuals and businesses affected by the coronavirus (COVID-19). This includes a worker support payment and hardship payment for people required to self-isolate or quarantine, emergency food relief and an emergency rent relief grant.
For information on the range of financial support available see:
- Victorian Government information: https://www.dhhs.vic.gov.au/financial-support-coronavirus-covid-19#extreme-hardship-support-program.
- Commonwealth Government information: https://treasury.gov.au/coronavirus
Mental Health in times of Covid-19
We know that many people, including those who identify as LGBTIQ, are experiencing mental health challenges at this time.
For advice on looking after your mental health during the pandemic and a list of support services, including LGBTIQ-specific support services, see:
- Victorian Government information: https://www.dhhs.vic.gov.au/mental-health-resources-coronavirus-covid-19
- Commonwealth Government information: https://www.health.gov.au/news/health-alerts/novel-coronavirus-2019-ncov-health-alert/ongoing-support-during-coronavirus-covid-19/looking-after-your-mental-health-during-coronavirus-covid-19-restrictions.
The Commonwealth Government is providing an extra 10 Medicare-subsidised psychological therapy sessions for Victorians affected by the second wave of the coronavirus (COVID-19).
For the most up-to-date information on the coronavirus (COVID-19), visit the Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) website [dhhs.vic.gov.au]dhhs.vic.gov.au or contact the dedicated coronavirus hotline 24/7 on 1800 675 398.
This page describes practical psychological skills to help you and your loved ones cope with anxiety and worry about infectious diseases https://headtohealth.gov.au/covid-19-support
Looking after you mental health during COVID-19 https://www.beyondblue.org.au/the-facts/looking-after-your-mental-health-during-the-coronavirus-outbreak
10 psychological tips for coping with COVID-19 https://mindspot.org.au/assets/pdf/10_Tips_for_Coping_with_Infectious_Diseases.pdf
Together, we can ensure people in LGBTIQ communities are aware of available resources and supports during this difficult time. Stay safe.
LGBTIQ Visa holders and International Students
For those people ineligible for income support
The Victorian Government is offering relief payments to international students, which can be found at: https://www.studymelbourne.vic.gov.au/news-updates/international-student-emergency-relief-fund
The Asylum Seeker Resource Centre (03 9326 6066) and the Australian Red Cross (www.redcross.org.au) may be able to provide basic needs and assistance to asylum seekers, refugees and other temporary visa holders experiencing extreme hardship.
Importantly, the coronavirus (COVID-19) test is free for everyone in Victoria. This includes people without a Medicare card, such as visitors from overseas, migrant workers and asylum seekers.
Anyone who is legally allowed to work in Australia is also eligible to participate in the Working for Victoria initiative, which helps job-seekers find work and access online training, and helps employers quickly find workers with the skills and experience they need. For more information, please see: https://www.vic.gov.au/workingforvictoria
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